Deborah Ellinger finished the 2015 Boston Marathon in five hours and three minutes, and we were there at mile 15 to cheer her on as she made her way through Wellesley.
Deborah, who lives in Wellesley, is the daughter-in-law of our resident, Jim Ellinger, and her journey to the Boston Marathon was recently documented in The Boston Globe. With only a 5k under her belt, the paper writes, she began training for the marathon in December and was able to raise $30,000 for the charity Bottom Line.
Bottom Line helps disadvantaged students apply to college and graduate from college through one-on-one guidance through the application process and during school. The Wall Street Journal recently featured the charity, which is based in Boston.
From the Globe: Deborah, a self-described "serial CEO," was able to secure donations from Boston Consulting Group, Akamai Technologies CEO Paul Sagan, CVS executive vice president Helena Foulkes, and iRobot CEO Colin Angle, among others.
Despite 40 degree temperatures, 20 mph winds and cold rain, Deborah and her running partner Sally McNagny made it to the finish line, and we're so proud of them and glad we were able to cheer them on!